Brace yourselves, Verizon Galaxy S3 owners, “dumbed down” search update is imminent

by: Bams SadewoJuly 21, 2012
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The expected update has finally come to Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S3. Following the dumbing down of the search feature on AT&T’s and Sprint’s variant of the phone – where you can only get search results from the web and nothing from internally placed apps, contacts, multimedia files and others – Big Red is the third major carrier to receive the not so desirable software update.

There’s no report yet that the update has been widely rolled out over-the-air (OTA) to the handset, but the new Galaxy S3 firmware for Verizon has already been spotted. If you, by chance, have had to replace your phone recently, you will likely receive a replacement Galaxy S3 running the new I535VRLG1 firmware, which comes with a new kernel and the dumbed down search feature among other things.

Samsung recently confirmed that it is taking the precautionary measure of removing universal search to ensure that the Galaxy S3 won’t be an easy injunction target for Apple and its lawyers in the USA. It would be quite a blow to have the flagship phone suffer the same sales ban fate as the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

With the imminent firmware update that will cripple the search function on Verizon’s Galaxy S3, this leaves T-Mobile as the last standing carrier whose variant still has the universal search feature intact. But we somehow think that won’t last too long.

Will you miss the universal search on your Galaxy S3? Anything else you’d like to share about the matter? Sound off in the comments below.

  • Gimp_Ninja

    I don’t think I’ve ever used the universal search feature, so I won’t miss it on my SG3, but I’m still a little miffed that it’s being taken out.

  • Wchaf

    Wow isn’t it nice that the auto industry didn’t do this. Ford would own patents on doors, tires,speedometers…ect. Apple should not get away with it. I won’t ever buy apple products just because of this.

  • John

    This won’t make a huge practical difference, but it’s extremely aggravating in principle. My little protest has been to change my email signature to promote the #boycottapple movement.

  • robbiegod

    Can I still say navigate to …place

  • I have AT&T and have tried to manually update. I still have regular search. Any info on this? Stock.

  • SamsaraGuru

    In his classic book Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill said, “There is nothing that can be done about a lack of intelligence.”

    In Apple’s case he might have said, “There is nothing that can be done when a company is motivated by avaricious and greedy tendencies set in motion by a hateful person who thought he was God’s gift to the world and had a divine right to impose his narrow minded perception of the way the world should be according to himself.”

    But we can draw hope from a quote by Mahatma Gandhi and know with absolute certitude that in the end they will lose public esteem, market share as well as fail in the litigious excesses:

    “Remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall — think of it, ALWAYS.”

  • Cyklonefij

    Who cares. This locked down pos of mine is being returned anyway

  • yarrellray

    They saved the BEST FOR LAST. It figures they would hit the other three carriers. Leave us Tmobile folks alone we won’t except this update anyway. Plus I have the apk file to return the search bar back to normal if they try any sneaky business.

    • squiddy20

      1. It’s “accept”. “Except” is used like this: everything except that one must go. Here’s your education for the day, @yarrellray:disqus. Try making use of it this time.
      2. I can bet that, for the many people who don’t read Android-centric blogs, most of them won’t know or care about this. They’ll see an update, and like any other forward thinking individual, will accept it, because updates are usually always good.
      3. There’s nothing “sneaky” about this you dolt. They’re announcing this right in the changelog… if you can read/understand it that is.

      • A. Guy

        Why would you even post this? There was nothing remotely inflammatory about his/her post.

  • donnydon

    Sorry but if i csme up with sn idea snd havr a patent I eouldnt want anyonr stealing it or using it without permission or paying me….. i think we would do the same. Btw minka kelly sex tape being shopped around
    … do says TMZ….is there a patent on that? Lol

  • donnydon

    Sorry for spelling mistskes…. ics keyboard sux

  • Alan Waterman

    The verizon S3 owners who have gotten the update and are reporting into the forums indicate that the universal search is unchanged. You can still say Navigate to, call someone, map of, set alarm, etc.